The personal stories that people have shared with us about the importance of their hearing aids have played a pivotal role in our campaign to protect NHS hearing aids.
People have told us time and again that their hearing aids are a lifeline to them. The threat to their provision in North Staffordshire alone prompted over 4,000 people to share their stories with us.
We presented some of the most powerful stories in an appeal to the county Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), so that commissioners could fully understand the human impact of what they were proposing.
Now, we'd like to share them with you.
If you don't have hearing loss it's hard to imagine not being able to
order a coffee in a café, not being able to speak to your grandchildren
or to hear the phone ring or to enjoy your favourite television
programme. Without hearing aids, things like this, that can be taken for
granted, may become impossible for people with mild to moderate hearing
The longer that hearing loss is left unaddressed, the harder it is for
people to adjust to using hearing aids. Coping strategies may become
irreversible, or the physical experience of using hearing aids may prove
too overwhelming after years of struggling without them.
Hearing aids vastly improve people’s quality of life, reducing the impact of hearing loss and allowing them to continue living life to the full.
Here are just a handful of the thousands of powerful and often moving responses we’ve received from people telling us, quite simply, that hearing aids make life worth living.